Castleford Will Face Widnes without Carney and Hauraki
Castleford will meet Widnes at the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final on Sunday at the Leigh Sports Village.Unfortunately, center Justin Carney and forward Weller Hauraki will not be a part of the action.
Last week, Hauraki, a second-row New Zealander, was banned for striking with his knees.
This took place on July 24 at Hull during the 18-18 draw. Despite his efforts, Hauraki’s appeal against a two-match suspension was dismissed.
Meanwhile, Carney, a 26-year old Australian, has also been banned for two matches and also fined £300 after pleading guilty to making a dangerous throw on Thomas Minns.
Carney was charged with a Grade B offence which took place during the Tigers’ Super League at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday.
This is the third time that Carney has been suspended.
These bans are expected to have a negative impact on Castleford since Carney is recognized as the team’s top try scorer, with 17 tries already this term.
Despite this loss, coach Daryl Powell, still managed to lead his team to a win against Wigan in the quarter-finals.
Grant Millington will also sit out of the semi-final game due to a knee injury.
With three top players out of the game, Powell has expressed his concern stating that the ‘loss of the trio’ will give the Vikings an edge but he is still hoping to lead his team to the finals at Wembley on the 23rd of August.